Galway Grub’s Grumbles – The G Counter

This is the first in a new series entitled Galway Grub’s Grumbles as we air our annoyances from Galway’s food world. The first on the list is The G Counter.10653754_350027928507351_4115454613334351210_n

I’ve been a fan of The G Counter for a long time. It’s in a good location with an enormous amount of parking, there are a wide variety of options on the menu and last but by no means least, they stock numerous artisan products including Janet’s Country Fayre.

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I am, however, extremely disappointed because my favourite item from their menu has been removed – the roasted turkey, honey roasted ham, sage & onion stuffing, brie and garlic mayo on sourdough bread sandwich. Now, this may seem like a small thing to complain about but it’s literally one of the nicest sandwiches I have ever tasted! I tried to order it on my last two visits (the menu still has it listed as an option) only to be told at the weekend that it’s gone as they are rolling out a new menu.32104699_10212256940522124_6229522077670440960_n

G Counter, if you’re listening, sort it out! #GalwayGrub #GalwayGrubsGrumbles

The Full Duck Cafe

Renmore, a part of Galway that’s close to my heart but severely lacking in local businesses.23130531_808495315996427_2914795313317479139_n.jpg
(How could anyone not fall in love with Renmore?)

However, a couple of years ago now, a new cafe opened right in its heart known as The Full Duck Cafe. The definition of a hidden gem, you can see why crowds are consistently flocking here from the surrounding areas.

A real breath of fresh air with endearing decor surrounded by quotes painted on the walls, seating outside complete with hooks to attach your dog lead onto and a small town feel about the place.

The food was fresh, tasty and represented good value for money. I myself went for Eggs Benedict having never actually tasted it before. The eggs were poached perfectly with the hollandaise sauce piled on nice and thick. Complete with crispy bacon just the way I like it, this was the perfect combination and the ideal meal to set me up for the day.

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If you have a sweet tooth, they have a large selection of cakes and treats that look absolutely delicious.

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Artisan Options #1 – Janet’s Country Fayre

While we enjoy eating out, we equally love cooking at home. At the minute Ireland is in a fantastic position where there are a wide variety of Artisan producers across the country. We’re going to introduce some of our favourite options that are out there, starting with Janet’s Country Fayre.

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One of Ireland’s leading artisan producers of premium chutneys and relishes, Janet and her team produce a unique range of traditional & contemporary style products in a modern purpose built production kitchen in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow (just south of Dublin in the foothills of the Sugarloaf Mountain).

They cook their products in the traditional method of slow reduction over several hours to give the perfect flavour and finish of texture. All of the products they make are gluten-free and produced without any artificial additive, bulking agents or any setting agents.
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Their brand is distinctive, with a mixture of square jars under the Janet’s Country Fayre label and another selection of items under Janet’s Just Delicious range. All of their fantastic products are available in both large retailers and smaller stores throughout the country.

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I would highly recommend you pick up some of their selection. They’re widely available in Galway including in Joyce’s Supermarkets, McCambridge’s, Brigit’s Garden, Morton’s in Salthill & a selection of Supervalu stores. #GalwayGrub

The Pie Maker

By far one of my favourite places to go for a Friday treat meal is The Pie Maker.

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Situated on Cross Street, a very small venue – tiny in fact, making it one of the most unique venues you will ever come across. Its décor is something out of a mixed up, unforgettable dream complete with hundreds of rulers on the walls, charming knick knacks, odds, ends, and solid wooden tables. My descriptions don’t do it justice and you would be forgiven for falling in love with the place before even looking at the menu.

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With a wide variety of pies to choose from, I decided to go with the Roast Beef Pie with mash, mushy peas and a generous amount of gravy. The pie itself was stuffed with delicious meat and had a crispy crust of an outer coating. Creamy mash, mushy peas and the gravy all came together in a delightful array of tastes left me feeling utterly satisfied with my meal. This was all washed down with a cool, refreshing ginger beer.

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They have recently just opened a second venue just a few doors down from here. It’s got the same feel as the original with a bit more seating meaning more people can now enjoy what they have to offer!
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(We stole this photo from their Facebook page, thanks guys!)

I would highly recommend this place, it all just works. #GalwayGrub

Fat Freddy’s Restaurant

Just before Christmas after extensive amounts of shopping and with a willingness to do anything in my power to avoid an endless line of bumper to bumper traffic, I decided to take a pit-stop from the hustle of Christmas shopping. I found myself at Fat Freddy’s Restaurant Galway Ireland. Fat Freddys is a local mainstay and has been serving top quality food circa 30+ years from the heart of Galway otherwise known as The Latin Quarter Galway.

One of the very few restaurants whom successfully passed the trial of the test of time, it is renowned for hosting an authentic feel of a New York Diner. Serving a variety of Italian cuisine options, they specialise their variety of pizzas & pasta – trust me they are specialists!

I opted for the large Pizza and their famous Chicken Wings.

Whilst usually Pizza wouldn’t be my candid option, this isn’t your run of the mill dish. It’s thin crust is perfectly complemented with top quality ingredients along with being cooked to perfection which created the perfect pizza. I both relished my experience and would highly recommend a visit.

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(Just look at that sign – amazing!)

I don’t believe these guys take reservations so just pop in and their friendly staff will allocate an area#GalwayGrub